trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders
Recent Examples on the Web Likewise, risk tolerant trader may wish to do the same or buy the Teucrium corn ETF. Simon Constable, Forbes, "A Monster Corn Rally Likely This Summer," 26 Apr. 2021 According to the Oxford English Dictionary, monger comes from the classical Latin mango—meaning dealer or trader. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "Something Fishy About America’s ‘Mongers’," 25 Apr. 2021 Vitol Group, the world’s biggest independent oil trader, expects demand to come roaring back, echoing optimistic views from OPEC and the International Energy Agency. Author: Sharon Cho And Alex Longley, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil marks anniversary of crash below zero with rise toward $64," 20 Apr. 2021 The smart money has little appetite to wager against either expensive or deadbeat companies -- especially after being lashed by the day-trader army earlier this year. Fortune, "‘No one wants their head ripped off’: Hedge funds abandon shorts in droves," 20 Apr. 2021 The other owners are Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Manchester City, Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and English currency trader Joe Lewis at Tottenham. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "UEFA president urges Super League owners to reverse decision," 20 Apr. 2021 And out of the 111 people quoted on the front pages, just one was a Black woman: Jen Reid, who took part in a protest in Bristol, England, at which people toppled a statue of a slave trader, Edward Colston. New York Times, "Under Fire Over Race, British Media Admit There Might be a Problem," 10 Mar. 2021 The largest theater chain and Reddit day-trader favorite AMC Entertainment more than doubled in the last three months amid its meme-stock roller coaster ride. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Are summer blockbuster movies happening? Imax CEO has ‘no doubt’," 2 Mar. 2021 This euphoria, which was born in day-trader chat rooms, has been cast a wary eye by Wall Street pros and the analysts that cover the retailer. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "GameStop’s luster wears off, with its stock falling nearly 31% in Monday trading," 1 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trader.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trader

Statistics for trader

Last Updated

30 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for trader



English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on trader

What made you want to look up trader? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!